Since You Asked: Free Professional Training

Since You Asked: Free Professional Training

While I’ve been unemployed for quite some time, I’m aggressively seeking full-time employment in a field where my extensive education and professional background can be maximized. What can you suggest as a starting point to locate free professional training and coursework to add that additional punch to my qualifications.?

–B. Sherman
Via E-mail

First, check out CareerOneStop ( in your area. This is a state-run unemployment office funded by the U.S. Department of Labor where counselors can help you find educational and financial programs that fit your needs. You can also find out information about local training programs by visiting America’s Service Locator ( and America’s Career InfoNet (, two CareerOneStop—affiliated Websites that provide a range of local work-related services, educational opportunities, user-friendly occupation and industry information, salary data, self-assessment tools, and talent development resources.

For workers 45 and older, The MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures Community College Encore Career Initiative ( provides grants to community colleges that develop training programs for job seekers looking to switch or advance their careers. Also, AARP ( provides online articles and resources specifically for older workers. Good luck with your continued job search!
–Annya M. Lott